Kansai, Japan
13 May - 29 May 2022

The World Masters Games are back in 2022 !

The Organising Committee of the WMG2021 Kansai proposed new dates to the IMGA. The World Masters Games 2021 Kansai would be held from Friday, 13th to Sunday to 29th May, 2022.

We are delighted to announce that the dates have been approved and the Games dates have been finalized. We sincerely apologize for any concerns caused while dates were being discussed.

Following the decision, the IMGA CEO Jens Holm said: ”It has been difficult to re-allocate an event of this size but with the effort and great partnership of the Kansai 2021 Organising committee and support of all other stakeholders involved we have been able to schedule the World Masters Games 2021 exactly one year later in May 2022, when Japan is at its most beautiful. We are looking forward to the moment when all Masters athletes will be able to gather again to compete in their favourite sport and celebrate companionship and togetherness.”

We will secure the spot for those who already made an entry. In addition, since the process of renewing the Sports Information guide which determine competition dates and venues also to maintenance/adjust systems etc. may take time, we will announce promptly on the Games website, etc. as soon as the date for new entry have been decided.
We will continue to prepare thoroughly. Thank you for all your support and understanding.

Message from the presidents
For those wishing to participate in the Games

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us!

The Kansai 2021 Organising Committee

The first World Masters Games were held in 1985 in Toronto, Canada. The latest Games (the 9th hosting) took place in Auckland, New Zealand in the year 2017. The next World Masters Games are held in the year following the Olympics.

In 2021 the World Masters Games reaches a landmark tenth edition. An occasion such as this requires a special host. To that end, the 2021 World Masters Games will be held in Japan, the first Asian host of IMGA’s flagship event. Japan has a rich history of hosting large international sporting events and looks forward to this experience to serve the Masters community.

The Games will be held in the Kansai region in the west of Japan and will take place over 17 days from May 14 – 30. An estimated 50,000 participants will meet to play a total of 65 sports and explore this beautiful and alluring country.


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